Seriously. No s..t. Truly. I’m listening to The Hands that Take You, which has been sitting within hearing distance for at least several weeks. And the words that come out of my mouth keep being: “This is so good!” In between exclaiming, “This is so good!” I try to define why it’s so good, since people tend to want to know that sort of thing when you keep shaking them and going on about something. The best I can do is, “I’ve never heard anyone so creatively mesh ‘50s/’60s pop balladry (and the pop harmonies that preceded them, from artists including the Boswell Sisters) with a touch of the subtle eeriness of Angelo Badalamenti, a fanatical love of the moodily atmospheric, and a free-form sense of fun.”
Of course, when music is this good, having to analyze it can be annoying. I just tend to add it to my list of favorite things; and my list of examplars of the ability to not only endure, but arrive at brilliance. Also, I really like how much Radiation City initiators Cameron Spies and Lizzy Ellison, who live in Portland,Oregon, love melody. The emergence of Radiation City could be inspiring – or fairly frightening – for a host of electronic-, retro-, garage-, chamber-, and just plain “dream-pop” manufacturers. ‘Cause it’s just raised the bar a lot higher.
–Post by Mary Leary